"RELATIONSHIPS ARE BUILT ON
recognizing and appreciating
each other's strengths."
For Professionals, Schools & Groups
Supporting Autistic Individuals
Making Sense of Autism provides training to clinics, schools, districts, and groups that want to learn how to use The Neuro Strengths-Based Support for Autism Framework with the interventions we are currently using.
As professionals, we learn theory and interventions in school. Many of the interventions we learn are created by Neurotypical people and do not take into account how the Neurodiverse brain works. Then we find ourselves not progressing with goals or keeping goals because we don’t know where to go next.
Through the trainings, you will learn the following:
How to analyze autistic non-verbal communication (behavior) from a neurological perspective, not from a psychological perspective, despite the diagnosis being listed as a psychological disorder;
How to recognize and build on autistic strengths to achieve goals, rather than regard them as deficits simply because they are "different";
How to set goals based on what the autistic individual needs and wants in their current environment(s), not based on perceived "deficits" identified by tests standardized on the general (non-disabled) population;
How to employ strategies that support the autistic way of learning (how their brain works) rather than strategies based on how "typical" individuals learn or how they are most comfortable teaching;
The importance of recognizing the importance of "peer" modeling and support in developing social skills by encouraging autistic group interactions, rather than using typical peers to model "appropriate" typical behaviors;
How to teach skills within the context of function rather than in isolation with the assumption that these skills, once learned, will be generalized into function;
How to incorporate the key areas of function with which most autistic individuals struggle (executive functioning, self-empowerment, self-regulation, self-awareness, self-advocacy, etc.) into every session or opportunity throughout the day, rather than as separate goals that are addressed only at specific times or days; and
The importance of being willing to model flexibility and adapt strategies to match the needs of the autistic individual rather than encourage the autistic individual to adapt to the typical way of doing things and achieving goals.
*Each training will be customized based on length and audience